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Lent Scripture Reading for March 24

Posted by John Goodale on

Today's Passage Matthew 7:13–14 13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. Questions for Reflection 1...

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The Truth

Posted by Eunice McGarrahan on

Jesus' trial before Pilate reveals the conflict of kingdoms that has traumatized human life since it's beginning. Pilate and the Sanhedrin use force motivated by fear in order to maintain their grip on power. But Jesus does not do this. Bystanders would have described Jesus as the weak one and...

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Lent Scripture Reading for March 23

Posted by Jennifer Holz on

Today's Passage Matthew 7:7–12 7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. 9 “Which of you, if your son...

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Lent Scripture Reading for March 22

Posted by Andy Morrison on

Today's Passage Matthew 7:1–6 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no...

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Lent Scripture Reading for March 21

Posted by John Goodale on

Today's Passage John 15:1–13 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken...

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Lent Scripture Reading for March 20

Posted by Lauryn and Rachel Tepley on

Today's Passage Matthew 6:31–34 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his...

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Lent Scripture Reading for March 19

Posted by Harper Tice on

Today's Passage Matthew 6:25–30 25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store...

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Lent Scripture Reading for March 18

Posted by Linda Boyles on

Today's Passage Matthew 6:19–24 19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in...

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Lent Scripture Reading for March 17

Posted by Andy Morrison on

Today's Passage Matthew 6:16–18 16 “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 17 But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18...

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A Give-Away Love

Posted by Tim McConnell on

The best kind of love is love that gives itself away. "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16). Jesus knew He came To Give His Life; He knew what it meant to give Himself away in love. John...

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